I am Professor of Applied Microeconomics at the Department of Economics, Ghent University, Belgium. I am also the director of RISLαβ—the Risk, Insurance, and Savings Laboratory. I obtained my PhD in economics from the Econometric Institute at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Tinbergen Institute in 2009, and I have been a professor since 2015. I currently serve as an Associate Editor at the European Economic Review.


I investigate the determinants of preferences, and the effects of preferences on behaviour. I employ a variety of tools, including formal modelling, natural experiments, randomised controlled trials, and lab experiments. I am further interested in applying principles from behavioural economics to a variety of problems in development economics, environmental sustainability, and financial markets. 



RISLαβ @ UGhent will be hosting the Foundations of Utility and Risk (FUR) Conference in Ghent, Belgium, on July 11th-14th 2022. 

RISLαβ is happy to announce the opening of its  regional office for Africa at the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Making, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, in Morocco:



I am guest-editing a Syposium at the European Economic Review on `Nudges and Incentives'.